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: money and guns continued to dominate the conversation here in washington this holiday season, and we will focus on both of those issues this morning. yesterday, press conferences on the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> republicans continue to work to avoid the fiscal cliff. $1.30 trillion in revenues, $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the test that the president promised the american people as a balanced approach. i hope the president will get serious about working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow, the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. the president can call on senate democrats to pass that bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. host: joining us by phone is susan ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent for the "washington examiner." if 51-second press conference. guest: there have been press occurrences in the past where the speaker has come out and made a brief statement and not answer questions. to come out and say we are going to pass
-span.org. the public funeral takes place in washington at the national cathedral beginning at 10:30 eastern. senator inouye will return home to hawaii on saturday. he died monday at the age of 88. the u.s.house will gavel in at 12:00 today. addressing the pending tax hikes and budget cuts of the so-called fiscal cliff. they will vote on speaker boehner's plan b which would raise tax rates for incomes above $1 million. they'll also vote on a bill that would replace the sequester budget cuts scheduled to take place on january 1, and also a vote on the defense authorization conference report. we'll have live coverage of the house beginning at noon here on c-span. and throughout the day. we'll take you live just outside the u.s. house live to hear from majority leader eric cantor who's going to be talking about the plan for the day and the votes ahead. should get under way momentarily. live coverage here on c-span. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> here on c-span we're waiting to hear from majority leader eric cantor. they
and stepping this away and that way and now preparing to leave washington. they -- they are doing all of this instead of taking the one step they need to take, and that is to say to the president, all right, you've gone 40% of the way. we're expected to go, you know, 30%, 40%. let's see what we can get done. we don't have to wait until new year's. everybody knows what this is going to look like tend of the day. we just need the republicans to act responsibly and sit down with us and get the deal done. not go home for the holidays. >> and let me switch gears for a second because you hear a lot that's going on in capitol hill. what is the genesis of this criticism of chuck hagel? there's a lot that's also coming from supporters of israel who say that he has not been supportive enough. do you think that is a big question? i know the house doesn't confirm cabinet officials, but you are very close to it all. >> i am not involved in the confirmation process. i'll leave that to the higher pay grades in the senate. show me a nominee or a prospective nominee for any cabinet position, and i wil
that killed four americans. diplomats will speak to reporters about the report. >> on "washington journal" we will focus on gun-control issues with john yarmuth. tim helskamp will join us to talk about the fiscal cliff. and we will look at what options the administration has to tighten gun control laws with or without congressional action. our guest will be david ingram, responded for reuters. live on c-span every day at 7:00 eastern. two committees are holding hearings today on the attack in libya that killed four americans. the senate foreign relations committee will hear from deputy secretary of state at 8:00 eastern. you can see that live on c-span to. mr. burns will go to the other side of the capital of the afternoon to testify before the house foreign affairs committee about the report. that is live on c-span3 at 1:00 eastern. >> our first experience was to come and a different way than every other family up here. probably would never happen again in history. after dad was sworn in, we went and took a picture of the family behind a wall office desk. that night we did not get to move in
washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and pushed aside. this a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms, right now. >> shepard: the president said the second amendment does guarantee an individual's right to bear arms. he believes the vast majority of gun owners in america are responsible. >> i am also betting that the majority the vast majority of law abiding gun owners would be the first to say that we should be able to keep a few law breaking. >> shepard: specifically the president is hinting at military style assault weapons and high ammunition clips. most americans support background checks before all gun purchases involving those private dealers. he addede need to work to make access to mental healthcare as easy as access to guns. and we need a closer look at a culture that glorifies guns and violence as he put it of course we have seen mass shootings over and over again. the president ticked off a long list today. and we have heard outrage and vows for
joe" from washington. live with us here, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein, executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and "time" magazine senior political analyst and "way too early" talent -- he was just extraordinary -- mark halperin. mark, you were just -- you were extraordinary. >> no one told me there's no net in that job. >> there is no net. he was great. who could turn the world on with a smile? i mean, mark halperin could, al hunt. >> throwing his hat in the air. >> we need to toss his hat in the air. sam stein has no idea what we're talking about. >> zero. >> so depressed. not a "seinfeld" reference, the greatest series of all time. al hunt, al, this is -- i'm at a loss what's going on in washington. i mean, we can all assign blame. i, right now, am especially curious with what's going through my party's mind on the fiscal cliff. but what -- why the breakdown? you know, if you're a republican, you say, i'll raise taxes. you have crossed the line. you h
current tax rates in place for 99% of the country, the president further demanding that washington go his way or no way at all, president obama seems to be on his way to perhaps becoming the imperious president. >> i've asked the vice president to lead an effort that includes members of my cabinet and outside organization to come up with concrete proposals no later than january that i will push without delay. this is not some washington commission, that is not something where folks will be studying the issue for 6 months and publishing a respect -- report that gets read then pushed aside. lou: you will notice that president did not call for concrete proposals on mental health care opublic school security, or any of the other issues at issue in the connecticut shooting last week. at that same pros conference where he demanded gun control proposal, president blasting speaker of the house john boehner or only wants to raise taxes on millionaires. >> if you look at what the speaker has proposed, he has conceded that income tax rates should go up, right now he only wants them to go up for mill
asked about that last week. here is what he said. >> what i think is at that at this point, washington and colorado, you have seen the voters speak on this issue. and as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions. it does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on the recreational drug users in a state that has said under a state law is legal. >> dana: but this is making folks in the hollywood crowd happy. celebs brad pitt, russell simmons, danny glover released joint statement for praising the president from stepping away from the war on drugs. >> greg: you said, "joint statement." >> dana: i didn't even think about that. >> bob: between those four guys, there is a pile of weed. >> dana: there was a lot of news last week. this would have been big news before but people are just over it. it didn't even make news. >> greg: you're right. the fact that the police departments are changing the way they look at this. i always go back to this. our culture could only handle one recreational drug. booze got there first. the id
. the president said washington won't just talk about tackling gun violence. >> this is a team that has a tas tok pull together real reforms, right now. >> the president urged congress to vote on an assault weapons ban, a ban on ammunition clips and close the gun show loophole so hall would be subject to background checks. >> the task force will recommend policies beyond gun conroll. >> we're going to need to make access to mental health care. >> the president hoping to seize this moment of heightened public awareness to push washington to change. >> if there is one thing we should have after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what is important. >> his announcement is quieting criticism from within the president's ranks. one congressman whose husband was killed now he'll feels the president is showing leadership. but+ús gun regulations will no doubt meet with resistance from the nra, so far has not commented since the connecticut shooting. but has scheduled a news conference for friday. the president says he's ready. >> nra is an organization with members that are mothers and
washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in today's vote? >> reporter: a couple of votes today. let's break it down for you, mara. the big vote that the republicans are pushing to have everyone under a million dollars keep their tax rates low. president obama says this defies lodger, that people making $800,000, $900,000 should be paying higher taxes. republicans think they can get it through the house. no luck of getting it through the democratic senate at all. second vote which is to sweeten the deal for the republicans who are skeptical is to replace the automatic cuts, a lot of which would hit the defense department with cuts in other programs like the health law and food stamps. >> and tracie, who's coming out in favor of this plan "b"? >> well, among those in favor of it, off qusly john boehner, the house speaker and also paul ryan, the chair of the budget committee and former vice presidential candidate. there have been a lot of questions about whether or not he would come out behind this plan. but he's said that it seems to meet all of the goals that repu
that we all identify with every aspect of it. >> the other big story in washington and around the nation, in the wake of the newtown shootings, president obama says gun regulation will be, quote, a central issue of his second term. vice president joe biden has been tapped by the president to lead the effort and work with cabinet members on making recommendations before the president's state of the union address. the choice of biden makes sense given his extensive anti-crime portfolio as a long-time delaware senator. he helped to pass a ban on assault weapons in 149. he also received an "f" rating from the nra. he acknowledged that gun legislation alone would not solve the problem. >> we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply-held passions and political divides. as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any
. nature in washington state. as a freight train goes up against a mudslide. your forecast...with rainfall.. ... >>pam: now for a look at our top stories at eight-thirty. a gunman opens fire on a south bay freeway. this was the scene from sky-7 h-d, abc-7 news. police briefly shut the road down, as they searched for evidence this afternoon. the car of a military recruiter was hit four times -- he was *not injured. no word on any arrests. >> the debate over gun control - reaching a tipping point, following a deadly elementary school shooting. today - president barrack obama promised "meaningful action". we now know vice president joe biden will lead a task force that will present a set of gun control recommendations to the president. in newtown connecticut - >> more victims of the school massacre laid to rest. this is video from a vigil, held in a neighboring town today. 27 people were killed in the elementary school shooting -- including the gunman last week. 20 of the those murdered were children. police tonight still searching for a possible motive in the tragedy. >> new tonight, the ci
of mourning played out once again today in newtown, connecticut. while in washington, president obama walked into the white house briefing room named for james brady-- the press secretary critically wounded in the shooting of president reagan in 1981-- to talk abt g violence. >> the fact fact that this pros complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> ifill: instead, in the wake of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school, mr. obama said, "this time, the words need to lead to action" on gun violence. >> the vast majority of responsible law abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible law breaking few from buying a weapon of war. i'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas. there is a big chunk of space between what the 2nd amendment means and having no rules at all. >> reporter: to that end, the president announced vice president biden and an administration team will craft recommendations on everything from gun laws to mental health, to be sent to congress by
, he increases leverage and this is what washington gained a house of representatives and senate, they ping-pong back and forth but we are getting close and the markets will get rattled soon. >>shepard: they voted on the rule to proceed which passed. next comes the vote. the majority whip says they have the votes and this will pass in the house of representatives. but it will not pass in the senate. if it did the president would veto it and he says, i won an election, remember? this is what i campaigned on and i am not moving off of this. if they cannot get together like the bunch that they are, can he at some point do something legislatively or is that not possible? >>reporter: they have talked where they could postpone the tax increases but only for a short amount of time. you think where we were a month ago compared to now and the president moved. he moved from $250,000 to $400,000 and speaker officer put tax rates on the table. social security is now on the table again they have moved. they are not that far apart but they are not up against the december 31 deadline which usua
in washington since it became a state back in 1959, so his half century tenure makes him the second longest serving senator in history. harry reid paying respects. >> although senator inouye was a progressive democrat, he put his country first and party second. dan was a vibrant and vital presence in the senate and in death will remain a legend. his last words on earth, aloha. it is with a heavy heart that i and we bit alloy ha, goodbye, i love you, to a friend and legend of the senate, daniel kent inouye. >> as a japanese-american soldier he lost his right arm and received the medal of honor. only 31 people have lane in the capitol rotunda. the last was gerald ford about six years ago. >> as the bin laden movie hits theaters -- >> he is in the inner circle -- >> some are livid over a scene about torture. plus, a case so shocking it pushed president obama to make a phone call. inside an army daycare, worker who is had no business watching children. >> and, should the government buy back guns to boost the economy? you will hear the case. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speed
a firestorm in washington about exactly who was responsible for not making that consulate more security. elise is in washington. we know there is some fallout here. one state department official resigned and three others on administrative leave. what is next? >> that's right. the top assistant secretary for diplomatic security eric boswell, and a few others in his department and mideast policy shop have been reashrined. there's a lot of questions about whether top officials and more senior levels of the department to secretary clinton should be held responsible even though the panel said no. we heard from the deputy secretary and secretary clinton's deputies. they were sufficiently contrite i'd say. there's nothing you can do with a scathing report other than accept the recommendations and say we know we messed up and need to do better. >> we know that the secretary of state hillary clinton has accepted full responsibility for what happened. she's accepted all these recommendations. is she required or will she go before this board? we know she's not testifying today because she's recuperating
personally. we have fox team coverage tonight. chief washington correspondent ed henry will cover the president's strategy. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel looks at the politics of plan "b" from congress' perspective. >> good evening. this is a heavy lift with numerous conservative groups urging republicans to vote against speaker boehner's plan "b." but with the u.s. economy less than two weeks from the fiscal cliff, top republicans say they are trying to avoid a massive tax hike for everybody. >> the house will act today. up to senate democrats in the white house to act. >> it would extend tax cut on income below $1 million. to secure republican support, the house is voting on a separate measure to cancel next year's pentagon cuts part of sequestration by slashing domestic programs. that upset house democrats. >> the bills are not a plan. they are a ploy. they are bills to nowhere. in a deeply cynical move, so cynical, the republicans have decided to offer another bill to put off some of the sequester. >> while the process moves forward, boehner hasn't given up ho
the 50th state in washington since hawaii became a state back in 1959. you think he was the longest serving senator in u.s. history, he ended up being the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. and if you don't know this about the senator, he was a japanese-american soldier during world war ii. senator inouye lost his right arm in italy and received the medal of honor for his service. daniel inouye died on monday at walter reed military medical center. he was 88 years old. and i want you to watch these pictures. >>> i have some news just into cnn about the attorney general eric holder. we are finding out now the attorney general is set to head to newtown, connecticut, today after meeting with vice president joe biden at 1:00. but don't expect to see him. this is not a public event. the attorney general has scheduled to apparently meet with some of the law enforcement officials in that town and then also with some of the first responders who were the first people to enter the sandy hook elementary school and discover the carnage there that ended up being the loss of 20 child
of the same group responsible for that ad were here in washington yesterday, christmas theme in tow. >> we know some of the naughty folk already. we believe that speaker boehner is being naughty. we believe that eric cantor is being naughty. we believe paul ryan is being naughty. and we're going to make our way to the capitol building to let them know we got something from santa for you. it's a lump of coal. because you've been far too naughty! >>> well, in a recent interview with "people" magazine president obama was asked what he learned from seeing the movie "lincoln." and here he is. quote, as a rule if you're president of the united states, you should not compare yourself to lincoln. in any way. not everyone thinks lincoln comparisons should be off limits. when florida republican allen west was asked about his future plans after losing re-election to congress he said quote, always remember abraham lincoln only spent one term in congress too. >>> david letterman is still finding ways to needle mitt romney even with the election over. >> i heard the strangest thing. i don't know if it's
ball and washington post correspondent. dana, the president said he'd veto it. what's boehner's strategy here? wh where is he going with this? >> he has to negotiate within his own caucus and it is not at all clear that he had the votes here until he started to sweeten it as you were talking about earlier there. he basically needs to appease the hard right in his caucus and he -- this is why it is so unlikely and i think it's always been unlikely that you get anything resembling a deal until the last minute or past the last minute because these guys will not give in unless they absolutely have to. >> republicans seem like they're in a little bit of disarray right now. the conservative club for growth came out against plan b and this is on "the wall street journal" editorial page. by tuesday afternoon even mr. boehner seemed to be throwing up his hands. either way we get a tax increase without a tangible progression on the spending problem. >> is it why the republicans have this? >> this is a significant test of boehner's ability behind a tax increase which is a difficult thing
political editor paul stein houser is in washington this morning. your job is to explain all of this to us. >> it really seems like a way they're playing a game of political chicken right here. you heard the president and house speaker come in front of cameras within two hours of each other. both men were really talking against each other. it was not very optimistic. you're right, optimism of earlier in the week dissipated. take a listen to what both men said. well, we don't have that sound. both men really talking against each other there. here's the sound. >> the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. >> at some point there's got to be i think a recognition on the part of my republican friends that take the deal. you know, they will be able to claim that they have worked with me over the last two years to reduce the deficit more than any other deficit reduction package. >> the president made his comm
to push without delay. this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms right now. i asked joe to lead this effort in part because he wrote the 1994 crime bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime in this country. that plan -- that bill also included the assault weapons ban that was publicly supported at the time by former presidents including ronald reagan. the good news is there's already a growing consensus for us to build from. a majority of americans support banning the sale of military- style assault weapons. a majority of americans support banning the sale of high- capacity ammunition clips. a majority of americans support laws requiring background checks before all gun purchases, so that criminals can't take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won't take the responsibility of doing a background check at all. i urge the ne
the latest in just minutes. good morning from a very busy washington. it's thursday, december 20th, 2012. this is "the daily rundown," the second shortest day of the year. let's get right to my first read. if talks on the fiscal cliff are going to be rescued, they have got to be rescued today. but the more you see the president and speaker boehner talking in public, the less they are talking behind the scenes. leaving negotiations stalled just 12 days before the new year. the speaker is now spending his third day working to pass a bill that will not become law. maybe it will start a framework for a backup plan but it's not going to be a law. and it won't probably be part of any final budget deal. the house will vote today on boehner's plan b which democratic leader harry reid had said will go nowhere in the senate. and the president has promised to veto it if it somehow got to him. in a 52-second, well it was a press conference but he didn't take questions so we'll call it a media availability, boehner dared the president to reject the backup plan that prevents tax hikes on those making
, who were in washington. .. >> what they had was not enough. either in benghazi or the overwhelming numbers. frankly, the state department had not given security for personal resources it needed. on that note, let me ask admiral mullen in regards to the specific findings. >> thank you, mr. ambassador, i appreciate that. i do appreciate your leadership throughout this process as well. good afternoon. the board found that the attacks on benghazi were security related. responsibility for the loss of life committee injuries, and damage to u.s. facilities rest completely and solely with the terrorists who conducted the attacks. that does not mean that there are lessons to be learned. the board found that the security posture at the special mission compound was inadequate for the threat environment in benghazi, and in fact, grossly inadequate to deal with the attacks that took place that night. state department bureau that was supporting benghazi had not taken on security is a shared responsibility. so that support the proposed needed was often lacking and let to the working level to res
to shirley from palm beach florida. surely come thanks for joining us on the "washington journal". >> caller: good morning. i worked in mental health services around 20 years after it raised my family and myself. twenty years of that was then ejected. in the hospitals. i suffer from depression. and i found that i have allergies. there is a book and he talks about how allergies can affect us so severely that it can cause things like depression, retardation, epilepsy and many physical ailments as well. hypertension and hyperglycemia and etc. and it is hard and people look at me like i'm crazy. and i say, look at your diet. many people believe that schizophrenia can be cured by diet? >> host: congressman? >> guest: there are a lot of things that go into this. you people have food reactions and supplements that can affect them? yes. as a cause of schizophrenia, i don't know. i don't want people to think that if only i change my diet, it will go away. there are a lot of other issues there. there are genetic issues, environmental issues, many other aspects here. working with this for 35 years, wor
signs the fiscal cliff talks are on the brink of collapse. chief washington correspondent john harwood joins us from washington with the details. i look away for two seconds, john, and everything's falling astart. >> it looked a couple of days ago as if the two sides were getting closer. when president obama had a news conference at the white house today, he came out to talk about gun control measures in the wake of the connecticut tragedy, but the questions were mostly focused on the fiscal cliff. the president said he couldn't understand why john boehner was detouring to plan b because the differences are narrow enough that they can still work it out. >> i've said i'm willing to make some cuts. what separates suss probably a few hundred billion dollars. the idea that we would put our economy at risk because you can't bridge that gap doesn't make a lot of sense. >> the smackdown from john boehner came shortly afterwards. it was short and sweet. he spoke for less than a minute and he said the onus is going to be on president obama if we go over the fiscal cliff. >> tomorrow the house w
washington, senator bill nelson from florida who has been trying hard to secure the release of corporal hammar. am i making any mistakes here? >> good evening, bill. and, yes, we all want to get him out and we want him out by next week by christmas. so he can be home. i would just point out that the white house is involved i have talked to both of them today. i have asked the state department to have our general council our con sill general in mat morris and consulate to get back in there again and see him. the one thing that i think is a little different than your recitation of the facts is that it was when we found out about him being in the general prison population last august, when he was picked up that we asked because of the obvious threats to his life and attempted shakedowns to get him out of there. got him into the same prison but an administrative facility and that's where you see the photograph of him in a room by himself and they have actually got cuff on his leg chained to the bed. that has since been removed but i think that didn't occur for some period of time and of cou
each other for the breakdown. abc's jonathan karl has all this from washington. all of the focus on speaker john boehner's fallback plan, what he is calling plan "b." >> reporter: that's right, george. talks have got son low, i would say this is the low point, that boehner is moving ahead with the backup plan that the president so opposes, he says he will veto. under plan "b" most of the tax cuts will be extended for those making over $1 million. for those over $1 million, the tax rates would go up. this could do nothing to address the issues. like spending cuts and the debt ceiling. democrats are calling this vote a waste of time. but, george, boehner is saying the president has a choice. support this plan or see a massive tax increase on virtually all americans after january 1st. >> yeah, they seem to think this is going to put the pressure back on the white house. but, jon, like you, i've been in touch with both sides overnight. and these talks right now are going absolutely nowhere. the chance that the country is going to go over that fiscal cliff are really rising. >> report
, the country deserves folks in washington willing to compromise on behalf of the greater good. he was talking about a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and he said he wanted it by christmas. nancy cordes is on capitol hill for us tonight. nancy? >> reporter: well, scott, it now looks like that is in doubt. aides on both sides today told us that the talks, which had been moving so quickly over the weekend, have slowed to a crawl and the president and speaker boehner traded ultimatums today. never a good sign this close to the deadline. >> and i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner warned today there will be no deal until the president agrees to more spending cuts. the president said he's cut enough. >> if you look at the package that i've put forward it is a balanced package by any definition. and we have put forward real cuts in spending that are hard to do in every category. >> reporter: mr. obama's most recent offer includes roughly $850 billion worth of spending cuts and raises
of the year. >> steve: not since mr. smith went to washington has the movie inspired the senate. harry reid rled it out. it is the end of the year. >> brian: it was incredible to watch the president have a 45 minute press conference and john boehner have a 45 second. >> steve: sometimes less is more . >> brian: they are not getting along. >> gretchen: one good message from the lincoln movie other than not getting assassinated. he set out what to do >> brian: he won over leaps and bounds in order to get a deal >> chris: he did. >> gretchen: that's what they are doing now. or trying tompt approaching the fiscal cliff. the democratic senate took the night off to watch the movie. doug is in washington with us. were you invited. >> of course not. you have to figure out the pop corn was free . the movie was free . we know that they love free stuff here in washington. free movie tickets may have been tough for the guys to resist. it is possible that watching the lincoln movie, may have inspired the members of congress. at the very least. we know that a minimum of 150 minutes last night. two and ha
to gret with a wire.com. there is an open thread. thank you, good night from washington, d.c.. december the . see you tomorrow. >> the fact that this problem is so complex can be no for doing nothing. >> bill: president obama pushing gun is putting vice president biden in charge of pushing it a smart move? we'll have a debate. >> they told us they can't do anything. >> bill: is that right the state department can't do anything? >> over and over, yeah. >> bill: with an american marine veteran unjustly incarcerated in mexico why aren't secretary of state clinton and president obama getting directly involved with the case? we have the very latest. >> tell you how this works? >> do you think i'm a hero? >> on second thought, i would like to kill you. >> bill: scenes from a big new movie involving tom cruise reedited because the massacre in newtown, connecticut. also, dennis miller running wild tonight. caution, you where to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. hi i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. we will get to president obama and gun control in a melt. firs
the government. they like to see themselves as outsiders who are only in washington because they want to destroy washington. so mostly when you hear rhetoric like that from the right, it is ideological posturing. if it were a real governing philosophy of the republican party, the government would not always get larger under republican presidents the way it does. but there is one part of government where that sort of attitude, the get it down to the size where you can drown it in the bathtub attitude is not just empty right-ring branding and hyperbole. there is one part of governance at the federal level where the conservative movement has actually succeeded in making government small enough to drown it in the bathroom at home that part of governance still technically exists, but they have hollowed it out and sucked the life out of it. they have made so it weak, it cannot properly function, and nobody expects it to. and you can tell what part of governance they have done this to with one simple test. find any other federal agency in the united states government when on the day that the president
follies of washington. the rivalry between president obama and speaker boehner is taking over d.c. rivalry, mayans, makes me think of basketball since the mayans invented the earliest form of basketball. >> no. >> it's a fact. >> it is thursday. of course i'm doing sports metaphors. what else did you expect? we start with the new york knicks and the nets. we'll get to d.c. too. so you know, really compromise in there. >> talks to the heartland, people, there. >> all right, guys. the last two times these teams met it was the nail bite we are fans not sure who would be ahead at the final buzz. on wednesday, the latest, knick star anthony returned to the hardwood coming off a sprained left ankle giving the knicks a commanding lead in the second half as house speaker boehner is dominating fiscal talks throwing the plan "b" on the court or the morning after bill. thank you, s.e. for this. >> welcome. >> nice one for this. >> he's calling a house vote on it tonight. >> the president has called on the house again and again to pass a bill to protect 98% of the american people from a tax hike. toda
in the rotunda. friday at 10:30 p.m. eastern, the public memorial will be held at the washington national cathedral. >> senator kay bailey hutchison, republican of texas, is retiring from the senate after serving four terms. she will be replaced by republican ted cruz, a former texas solicitor general. she delivers her farewell remarks on the senate floor. this is 25 minutes. week there would have been so much joy in the halls of the capitol bringing with the laughter and the anticipation of our seasons happiest time. but in just one weekend, a sadness have said in with the news of the massacre of innocent children in newtown, connecticut, followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator daniel inouye. so i will leave this extraordinary institution and experience with a heavy heart for those who have been lost just in the last few days. i do want to thank you for asking me to represent them in washington. i want to thank the many people who have served on my staff for almost 20 years. i have to say i am touched that both senses, on both sides of this room are filled with my staff
about, it was not a priority for washington. special mission was not a priority for washington when it came to security related requests. especially those related to staffing. i want to understand who washington is. and in that frame of mind i think the secretary brings out a number of question. i know secretary clinton visited libya in october 20 of them. did the security situation come up with during her visit there, whether it was a country thing or in her interaction with the libyans? >> senator, i'm sure in general terms that it did. i wasn't on the trips i don't know specifically. i can speak to my own experience. i've also visited libya -- >> in july? >> i visited in july but i also visited in september after the attack on benghazi. so i can speak to my own experience. you know, went secretary clinton said all of his senior leaders in the department are accountable and responsible for what happened at it certainly felt myself. ihop the remains of my former colleagues back after the attack in benghazi. had been in the middle east on a trip and cut short to come back with them.
shot. those are numbers washington politicians should consider. >> it can easily be considered a poor nation. a lot of people have access to mobile funds and there is a well-established process. the rise of e-cash in mogadishu. >> some good news. the message on her phone says she has been given $150. an equivalent of two months' earnings to turn her tiny store into something like a supermarket. >> the money gives the power to buy and sell things. >> it is all part of a scheme to support people who aid agencies have identified as vulnerable and who need help. the money arrives on the phone itself. the problem with cash, there are plenty of temptations to waste the money. research has shown when you give it to women, they invest in businesses or in their children. >> they developed a system they call e-cash. this is the first time it has been used to deliver aid. >> it is safe, quickly, everything. >> security is what makes it ideal here. not only does she received the money electronically, but she can use the phone to pay for everything. she is disabled,
is agreeing to another bad inside-the-beltway washington deal. by the way, stealing from our children and our grandchildren -- that's immoral. which party now will stand up for them? for our kids? our grandkids? which party's going to stop the madness? joining me with reaction, florida senator marco rubio. you know, senator, i am a little frustrated here because this is our one check and balance -- and that case has not been made. what's wrong with making the case that they are the party against generational theft? i think that's a winning issue for any party that makes that case. >> thanks for having me on. it was a very powerful introduction. you are exactly right. here's the fundamental problem. i recognize the difficult position that the speaker's in now, if january,ing nothing happens, we go over the fiscal cliff. but i are right in the point we are making. this is the great flaw in all of these arguments that the president's making that i wish more people were talking about. if you raise taxes on the wealthiest americans, who he calls the wealthiest merv, people making $250,000 or more,
. >>> doug luzader live in washington. thank you. >> that leads us to today's "look who's talking." she says it has been three months since the deadly attack in benghazi and no one is held accountable especially the terrorists that were involved. >> we have not done anything to capture or kill any of the terrorists who under took this action who killed our people. that's in large part because we have no interrogation program, because we are treating this like a law enforcement matter because the fbi is asking nicely can we get access to the one person who seems to be in custody, tunisians. but we have done nothing to bring anybody to justice for these murders. this is a 4 part scandal and coverup. neither the president nor the secretary of state has given anybody a true or full accounting of what happened and what they knew and what they knew it. >> as mentioned earlier hillary clinton is expect to do testify on the benghazi attack in mid january. she may be retired from her post by that time. >> five more victims of the sandy hook masses kerr will be played to rest. katherine hubbard, ann m
for their own political clout in washington. >> let me stop it there. if it's about who has the power, let's play what rush limbaugh and joe scarborough criticize. let me play it. >> so i assume 400 and then boehner did a million. i said, hey, that's great. these guys are coming together and i thought that number was going to be 500. the president would take 500, i think. >> he would. >> john boehner makes this -- you know, he said, starts talking about plan "b" and i get confused. >> if you look at what the speaker has proposed, he's conceded -- there it is. there's the word. there it is. stop the tape. that's what this is all been about. he has wanted the republicans to concede that tax cuts for the rich caused all these problems. >> so, there he is going on about the president, rush limbaugh, but he was critical of boehner. he played the conservative organizations who basically warned the republicans, we are coming for you. >> right. >> unhappy for different reasons. people on the left and people on the right but all unhappy with speaker boehner. does he have any power? >> i think one t
's something that we in the inner city in brooklyn and harlem, southeast washington, d.c., south central los angeles have been dealing with and it's become all too familiar. this summer in new york city was a summer of great violence. as you know, you helped to shine the spot light on some of the things that were taking place in new york. the problem now is one that i think can no longer be ignored by the congress. and the newtown tragedy has made a claim that it's no longer possible and should no longer be possible for the second amendment to shield the go government's ability to enablgt sensible gun safety measures. for too long, the second amendment has been used as such a shield. it protects responsible gun ownership, but it cannot protect the ability of people to possess high capacity ammunition clips, assault weapons, that can unleash mayhem on a community, on a school, on a neighborhood in a matter of moments. and i think there is going to be a moment in the early part of the congress, the democratic caucus, under the leadership of nancy pelosi has led to it. and i begin to see cracks
from texas and the washington post saying i worry the nra has become a captive of the republican party at a time that it needs democratic votes. in the long run it will be weakened. brian ballard in the "wall street journal", a top republican fundraiser in florida, said opposition to certain gun control measures will make our job a lot harder electing middle of the road republicans in the future. i think republicans have to be mindful that just because the nra says something, it doesn't mean it's going to be advantageous to you and sort of the demographic we're speaking to in specific here is mothers across america. women who are swing voters. what is the republican party doing if it wants to win those votes 2014, 2016 and beyond? >> i think it probably ends up doing sort of close to what the democratic party is going to do, which is if you look at the kinds of gun controls that people support, they're not really very effective at stopping these kinds of shootings, right? the assault weapons ban, we had columbine. we had michael corn he'll and a lot of school shootings after that ban b
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